Clean Out Your Vacuum Brush and Other Handy Uses For Seam Rippers
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I didn’t know my seam ripper could do that!
Ah, the trusty seam ripper. It’s a must-have for any sewer (and non-sewer) alike. I posted about this handy little tool, and to my surprise and delight, there are so many other great uses for it. Check out the quick tips and clever uses for seam rippers below!
Remove clothing tags.
Why aren’t all clothes just tagless at this point? Get rid of those itchy slips of fabric by bringing a seam ripper to its top edge and firmly slice through the tag.
“It’s good for removing clothing tags, especially from Gap or Old Navy. Why are their tags so big?!” – Shannon
Cut out tangled ponytail holders.
Carefully and cautiously use the sharp blade of a seam ripper to cut through the hair tie, and you’ll be less likely to cut out a chunk of hair than if you’d used scissors.
“I use my seam ripper daily to remove the tiny ponytail/rubber bands from my daughter’s hair without them getting her hair tangled and hearing her screaming!” – Laura
Clean the vacuum roller brush.
If you find your vacuum brush wrapped in endless strands of hair, string, or other long-length debris, run a seam ripper down the middle to cut through the mess.
“I use this tool to clean my vacuum roller. It takes the hair off the roller in like 3 seconds.” – Jackie
Neatly open envelopes.
As long as the blade on your seam ripper is nice and sharp, you can use it to cut open the top fold of envelopes.
“You can slide the ripper through the top fold of an envelope to cut it clean open.” – Sara at Hip2Save
Remove unwanted embroidery.
Tired of an embroidered logo? Score clearance monogrammed pieces? When you get rid of the old design, the stitching needle holes may still be visible, but it’s an easy way to prep for a new embroidery design or patch.
“Shop at the Pottery Barn Outlet where they sell a bunch of “oopsie” monogrammed stuff for cheap like lunchboxes, bedding, backpacks, and stockings, and then just use the seam ripper to remove the embroidery.” – Lina at Hip2Save
Use it as a small screwdriver.
If you have an extra small screw, the pointed end of a seam ripper can work. Not gripping enough? Place a thin rubberband between the tip of the seam ripper and the head of the screw and apply light pressure when turning.
“You can open the back of toy battery panels that have the smaller head screws with the sharp point making it easier to replace batteries.” – Jamie at Hip2Save
Do you have any other clever uses for this handy tool?
Let me know in the comments below!